Penn State has the talent to surprise
There could be three surprise teams in the Big Ten, while Tennessee has questions about its young lineup.
Quarterback Zack Mills is the key guy for the offense after passing for 17 touchdowns and over 2,400 yards last season, and he will need wide receiver Tony Johnson to step up and fill the void left by the graduation of Bryant Johnson. And at 6-3 and 190 pounds, Kinta Palmer has the size to step up and become a solid No. 2 option for Mills. Those guys will get some help up front from 6-3, 325-pound senior tackle Chris McKelvey, and Sean McHugh is an excellent fullback.
The big question for the offense, though, is how to replace 2,000-yard rusher Larry Johnson, and Penn State will be counting on highly touted freshman Austin Scott to step in and contribute there. Scott broke all kinds of Pennsylvania high school records last year while rushing for 3,863 yards and 53 touchdowns, leading his team to a state title. He is a player with big-time talent and could be this year's Maurice Clarett, and if he can make some things happen this offense has a shot to be pretty good.
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